One of the many problems the New York Islanders faced this season was that they relied heavily on a number of veterans who absolutely not have seen everyday ice time. Andy Greene in his age-39 season was one of those veterans and although he was quietly reliable in years past and was vital to Noah Dobson's development, his age really showed this season as it was evident he struggled most of the time.
Defense: Sebastian Aho|Zdeno Chara|Noah Dobson
Forwards: Josh Bailey|Mathew Barzal|Anthony Beauvillier|Kieffer Bellows|Casey Cizikas|Cal Clutterbuck|Anders Lee|Brock Nelson|Matt Martin|Kyle Palmieri|Jean-Gabriel Pageau|Zach Parise|Oliver Wahlstrom
Team Level: New York Islanders
Islanders 21-22 record card: Andy Greene
Greene was never much of an offensive minded defenseman. His best season came in 2009-10 where he collected 37 points. This season, Greene tallied two goals and 10 points as the Islanders sixth defenseman. When he was on the ice, the Islanders were hemmed in their own zone more often than not more often than not with a low 42.45 CF%.
10 points isn't awful for a third-pairing defenseman, but considering he was part of the reason the Islanders spent more time in their own zone than on the other end of the ice, Greene gets an F here.
Believe it or not, there was no defenseman worse than Greene this season when it came to preventing the goal from going in his own net. Greene's relative 5on5 expected goals against per 60 was the lowest among all defenseman at 0.21.
Maybe it's unfair to be as harsh as we're being on a 39-year-old defenseman who likely wasn't supposed to play as much as he did this season, however, he wound up being an everyday player whose job was supposed to be, well... defend. We can't say there wasn't effort, but the age factor definitely made an impact more than ever for Greene this season and unfortunately for him, it won. For being a liability on his own end of the ice, Greene gets an F.
Impact vs. Reliance: F
Robin Salo and Sebastian Aho aside, Greene was the least utilized defenseman this season with an average TOI/GP of 17:24. Still, that seems a little inflated for a player at his age, but the narrative around him and the older veterans was that they were in "incredible shape," and it's "amazing what they're doing."
Do you know what wasn't amazing? Greene's game score. Yet another category where you won't find a worse skater on the Islanders, Greene ended the year with a team-worst -0.19 game score. His reliance heavily outweighs his game score which really doesn't bode well for Greene. Unfortunately, he flunks again. F.
Final Grade: F
Look, we're not telling anyone what they should or shouldn't be doing with their lives, but it seems like it's time for Greene to hang 'em up. That doesn't mean he wasn't an important piece of the puzzle at times. He was, just not this season. That Islanders failed to equip their blue line with the right players this season and Greene suffered as a result. They cannot head into next season with him in the mix unless he want's a coaching gig.